The National Air Traffic Service (NATS) have recently launched a consultation exercise on plans to make alterations to the flight paths and holding pattern arrangements for Luton airport. These changes are being made in order to provide clear separation of the air traffic for Luton and Stansted airports, which currently overlap. As the proposed flight paths are to the south of our district, there is likely to be little impact in Huntingdonshire. However, the plans also include a new holding pattern for the airport which is intended to be over the south-western corner of Huntingdonshire (broadly circling round the line of the A1 from St Neots to Alconbury). The intention is that aircraft in the holding zone will be flying at a height of over 8,000 feet and the consultation document sets out a position that this will not present a nuisance, either in terms of noise or pollution.
A web site, with “walk around” facility, video presentations and detailed information on the proposals has been set up by NATS and can be accessed here: https://consultations.airspacechange.co.uk/london-luton-airport/ad6_luton_arrivals/. NATS are also holding some open sessions by webinar and interested parties can book on to these from within the web site. It is also possible to make comments on the proposals on the web site, if you would like to do so.
Hail Weston Parish Council are due to discuss the Airspace Change Proposal at their next (virtual) parish meeting on the 17.11.2020. The consultation closes on 05.02.2021 any resident can make a comment direct to the consultation. If you are concerned about the impact of the proposals and intend to provide a formal response to the consultation and wish to notify the parish council please send to Clerk@hailweston.org.uk. Huntingdonshire District Council is planning to discuss the proposals at the Overview and Scrutiny meeting and Cabinet in January 2021 and, if considered necessary, comments will be submitted to NATS via the route mentioned above.
Jonathan Djanogly MP is also concerned about the impact of these changes and intends to provide a formal response to the consultation in due course. He would also welcome constituents contacting him directly with their views on this issue so that he may accurately reflect local feeling in his consultation response.